Education and Workforce Development Cabinet
KCC to host the Project Hire Kentucky Virtual Experience Oct. 14

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, September 15, 2015  
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2015) – In an effort to put Kentuckians back to work, the Kentucky Career Center (KCC), in conjunction with the U.S. LTU Hiring Project, will host its first ever virtual career fair Oct. 14. The Project Hire Kentucky Virtual Experience will be held online from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET and is free to job seekers.

“While Kentucky’s economy has shown incredible momentum and the state’s unemployment rate has been below the national average for 12 months, we won’t rest until all Kentuckians, including the long-term unemployed, find work,” said Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen. “The Project Hire Kentucky Virtual Experience is one of many efforts our state is producing to make that a reality for all Kentucky residents.”

The online career fair will provide multiple job search access from the convenience of a single point-of-entry website. Interested job seekers can register for the event at Once registered, participants will receive valuable resource information that will not only prepare them for the virtual event, but will also assist in their general job search. The job seekers can download or print the information for future use.

Like traditional career fairs, the virtual career fair will take place on a specific day and time in order to create a sense of urgency for candidates. After logging in via their computers, tablets or smartphones, job seekers will be able to visit company booths, view documents, speak with recruiters and hiring managers and apply for job openings in a variety of fields in one digital setting. Once the event goes live, attendees also will have access to a variety of useful presentations they can use to gain an edge in the employment process including appropriate language for the virtual environment and follow-up notes to employers.

KCC kicked off this effort by hosting a Human Resources Think Tank at the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort on Aug. 13. The think tank brought together leaders from a variety of companies in Kentucky to talk about the unique challenges facing long-term unemployed (LTU) people and strategies for addressing these issues in an effort to help the unemployed get back to work.

Sherry Whitman-Powers, vice president of Human Resources and Customer Service for Bluegrass Cellular, headquartered in Elizabethtown, attended the think tank event and is an employer that has signed up to host a booth.

“Bluegrass Cellular is thrilled to have access to candidates for our 17 locations in one place,” she said. “We will be sitting at our desk, not travelling to a remote site; responding to questions on all of our openings, not just one location; and multiple hiring managers will be available simultaneously to make crucial hiring decisions. Long-term unemployed applicants are in demand since they value benefits which others may take for granted.”

Other employers interested in joining this exciting event should contact Holly Neal at 502-782-3172 or email

The U.S. LTU Hiring Project is a strategic partnership between Interview Savvy and Shaker Virtual Events. Their combined expertise brings more than 60 years of experience to the job-search and recruitment marketing space. This is a national, online strategic initiative to bring the government and private sector together to help long-term unemployed (LTU) Americans re-enter the workforce.

U.S. LTU Hiring Project ran its first LTU virtual hiring event in Illinois in February 2015.

For more information, please contact:

Holly Neal
Communications Director
Kentucky Career Center
Office of Employment and Training
275 East Main Street, 2wb
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 782 3172
(502) 229 9442 (mobile)

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About Kentucky Career Center

The Kentucky Career Center (KCC), an organization of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, provides life-long educational and workforce services through seamless, efficient and accessible learning opportunities for all Kentucky’s citizens. KCC leverages the many strengths and abilities of employees, agencies and stakeholders through a cooperative team approach to problem-solving, project development and program delivery.

About U.S. LTU Hiring Project

The U.S. LTU Hiring Project gives highly qualified job seekers an opportunity to interact with employers who see value in this untapped labor pool. Founded in 2014, The U.S. LTU Hiring Project is a strategic partnership between Interview Savvy and Shaker Virtual Events. Their combined expertise brings more than 60 years of experience to the job-search and recruitment marketing space.